Well here's a bit of bad, albeit humerous, news: The Olympic diving facility is closed for the moning due to water quality issues. And it smells like a fart.
British diver Tom Daley first shared news of the closing this morning on Twitter.
Diving pool is closed this morning. Hopefully that means we haven't been diving in anything too bad the last couple of days! 😷😷😷— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) August 12, 2016
Several hours later, an Australian journalist relayed this delightfully descriptive quote from one of the athletes.
The Olympic diving pool has been closed again because of water quality issues...a German diver says "the whole building smells like a fart"— Tom Steinfort (@tomsteinfort) August 12, 2016
The whole building smells like a fart. Really puts you there, doesn't it? And remarkable given the fact that it's an open-air venue.
Olfactory imagination aside, the diving pool's water quality has been under scrutiny for several days owing to the fact that it's bright green. Emerald almost.
An algal bloom was pegged as the problem. Treatments to increase the alkalinity should remedy the issue, but the pool water must be still in order for them to work.
That's the explanation that the Rio Olympics Twitter account gave Daley for the closure. And it'll cost divers their morning practice session.
As approved by @fina1908, diving training is cancelled b/c the water must be still for the pool to return to its blue color.— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016) August 12, 2016
According to NBCOlympics.com, the center is slated to reopen at noon and will host the preliminary of the women's individual 3m springboard at 2:30 p.m. as originally scheduled.
Officials have insisted the kale juice hue poses no risk to the athletes. But what about their noses?